Written on: May 9, 2023
Sister Marita Campbell calls Philadelphia home although she has spent many years in Buffalo, NY. Marita met the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart at Little Flower High School and entered the congregation following graduation. She trained as a teacher at D’Youville College where she received a degree in education with a history minor and at Buffalo State University an MA in early childhood education. Her career took a turn from education to social work when after several years in parish outreach she was able to attain, through the assistance of Catholic Charities, an MA in social work She worked for several years with Catholic Charities of Buffalo in many of the poorer areas of the city and became aware of the special needs of children and families.
For more than fifteen years she was in private practice with young children between the ages of 3 and 11. Through her counseling she was an advocate for those in her care and often accompanied them to hearings in family court. Upon her retirement she returned home to her native city and now lives at Holy Redeemer Lafayette in Philadelphia.
As a young Grey Nun my favorite ministry was teaching first and second grades. Later, my ministry as a social worker in private practice was especially rewarding. This ministry enabled me to provide therapy to needy children and their family members. It was a privilege to be able to be part of their healing process.
It is hard to believe that 60 years have passed so quickly. As I reflect on these years, I feel gratitude and appreciation for the memories I have of many Grey Nuns and many family members. These relationships encouraged and enriched me to be able to minister to the many people in my work, following in the footsteps of Marguerite d’Youville.
“I am grateful to Divine Providence for providing me the opportunity for these relationships. It is amazing how much these people have had a significant influence on my life and helped me to be the person I am today.”